At around the time the State of Israel came into being, over half of the non-Jewish population of what used to be called “Palestine” – some 750,000 people – left their homes. Deemed officially as “refugees,” they and their families have been shamefully treated ever since.

A highly relevant factor in their unhappy history is that the UN body established to assist them (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East – UNRWA) began its work in May 1950, seven months ahead of the establishment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  As a result, Palestine refugees have been treated quite differently from − and often much worse than − all other refugees in the world over, ever since.

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